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Home Building Skills Pledge

Our Home Building Skills Pledge – formally launched at the HBF’s HMI Conference on 5th October 2017 - builds on the momentum of our Home Building Skills Partnership and commits companies to working together and with subcontractors to recruit and train more people to the highest industry-agreed standards.

The skills gap, whilst acknowledged by the sector, requires a collective and committed response if we are to tackle it sustainably in the long term. By working together, we will send a powerful message, not only to the wider home building sector, but to government, education and careers providers, and of course, future recruits that the industry is serious about tackling the skills shortage.

Our collective action will demonstrate that home building is a great career choice for people from all walks of life and backgrounds, with unparalleled opportunities, prospects and training.

All of HBF’s larger members have signed up alongside an increasing number of medium and small members – meaning companies responsible for well over half the homes built in England are already committed to the five key actions set out in our Home Building Skills Pledge below.

For further information about the Home Building Skills Partnership’s achievements to date and how the Skills Pledge will underpin what we seek to do moving forward, download this flier

If you’d like to find out more, or wish to sign up to our Home Building Skills Pledge, please email

Home Building Skills Pledge

We are acutely aware of the skills shortage our industry is facing. We recognise the importance of future proofing workforce skills – via new entry routes as well as developing our existing talent - so that we can build quality homes where and when we need them.
We have a key role to play in this, and as such, pledge to collaborate with others in tackling the industry skills gap by supporting the Home Building Skills Partnership and working to its shared goals. 
We will:

1.         Collaborate and share
We will work with the industry to share best practice across attraction, recruitment and skills development;

2.         Train to a standard 
We are committed to ensuring that all of our workforce are trained and qualified to a recognised industry standard that equips them with the skills and experiences needed for their roles, meets our business needs and fosters a more positive working environment;

3.         Engage and support

We will lead by example by committing to train all our recruits to the industry standards being developed for their roles, and actively support our sub-contractors to do the same on an ongoing basis;

4.         Champion diversity and inclusion

We are committed to recruiting a more diverse workforce to assist in improving the skills gap facing our industry, ensure breadth of thinking and that the sector is recognised for being inclusive and progressive;   

5.         Promote careers
We are committed to promoting home building as a primary career choice with well understood career paths, exceptional training, qualifications and prospects, through the way we attract and actively develop our workforce. 


Companies that have signed the Home Building Skills Pledge so far:

Annington Homes Ltd

Inland Plc

St Modwen Homes

Aquinna Homes Ltd

J A B Short Ltd

Story Homes

Archway Homes

Kebbell Development Ltd

Strata Homes Ltd

Avant Homes Ltd 

Keyworker Homes Macclesfield Ltd

Taylor Wimpey plc

Barratt Developments Plc

Kier Living Ltd

Telford Homes Plc

Bellway Plc

Lagan Group

Tern Developments Ltd

Bewley Homes Plc

Larkfleet Ltd

Thakeham Homes Ltd

Blackthorn Homes Ltd

Lendlease Europe Ltd

William Lacey Group

Bloor Homes Ltd

Lindum Group Ltd

Bovis Homes Group Plc

Lioncourt Homes Ltd

Burrington Estates

Llanmoor Development Co Ltd

CALA Group Ltd

Lovell Partnerships Ltd

Cavanna Group Limited

Macbryde Homes Ltd

Chichester Homes Developments Ltd

McCarthy & Stone

Churchill Retirement Living Ltd

Mears Group Plc

City and Country

Miller Homes

Countryside Properties Plc

Morganstone Ltd

Crest Nicholson Plc

Morris Homes Ltd

Croudace Homes Ltd

Nicholas King Homes Plc

Davidsons Developments Ltd

Octagon Developments Ltd

Devan Homes Ltd

Persimmon Homes 

Fairgrove Homes Ltd

Phoenix Retirement Homes Ltd

Fairview New Homes Ltd

Places for People 

Galliard Homes Ltd

Prospect (GB) Ltd

Galliford Try plc

Redrow Plc


Riverdale Developments Ltd

Hadley Property Group

Roffey Homes Ltd

Halsbury Homes Ltd

Shropshire Homes Ltd


Spitfire Bespoke Homes Ltd